Crestone Mountain Zen Center

Crestone Mountain Zen Center (CMZC) is the monastic training center of Dharma Sangha, the Zen Buddhist practice community founded in 1987 by Zentatsu Baker Roshi, dharma heir of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi. 

Nestled against the rugged 14,000 foot peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and surrounded by 240 acres Piñon Pine and Juniper forest, the beauty and seclusion of our Center is a unique environment for contemplation and inquiry.

Crestone Mountain Zen Center offers residential training in Zen meditation and practice under the guidance of Head Teacher and CMZC Director, Zenki Dillo Sensei, Dharma Heir of Baker Roshi. 

Zen practitioners are welcome to join the residential practice as students or apply for programs such as the annual 90-day winter Practice Period, Sesshins, Seminars, Weekend Sittings, Work Practice Weeks, and Wild Dharma Practice.

Individual guests who want to enjoy the beauty, quiet, and isolation of the Crestone mountains can stay at CMZC throughout the year except during our annual three-month monastic Practice Period (January 9 – April 28), when the Center is closed to the public.


From mid-July through mid-September, group leaders can rent the facilities for group retreats, seminars, workshops and conferences. Retreats in the past have included meditation from different wisdom traditions, yoga, music, dance, bodywork, wilderness expeditions, medicine, and psychotherapy.